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Government  lifts maize flour import ban

  Importers of maize flour can now breathe a sigh of relief following government’s suspension of import licence amid a serious maize shortage in the country. The move comes at a time Malawi Police Service (MPS) and the Malawi Revenue (MRA) recently impounded about 500 bags of maize flour in Mchinji from traders using uncharted…

Irate timber millers stage demo at Raiply

  Angry timber millers in Viphya Plantation yesterday held demonstrations to interrupt operations at Raiply and force the company to return 2 000 hectares of trees that Raiply allegedly harvested. The millers, who started off from Mzuzu at around 12 noon yesterday to present their grievances to Viphya Plantation acting manager Custom Nyirenda, initially drove…

Zomba District Council trained in service delivery

Deputy director of Local Government Services Douglas Mkweta has said integrity among members of Parliament (MPs), chiefs, councillors and key secretariat members at district councils is key to foster development. Mkweta made the remarks on Friday at Zomba District Council chamber during a three-day workshop aimed at disseminating local government guidelines for district councils when…

PRESIDENCY IN 61% PERKS HIKE

Seven months after President Peter Mutharika rejected a salary increment for himself, Vice-President and Cabinet ministers; government has raised the presidency’s perks by 61 percent. Government has also made members of Parliament (MPs) happy with a similar increase in daily subsistence allowances (DSAs). Civil servants too have not been left out of the per diem party that Capital Hill…

vendors exploiting maize farmers

Amid a deficit in maize, some vendors are buying the staple grain from desperate farmers at K90 per kilogramme (kg) despite government setting the minimum buying price of K100 per kg. This is coming at a time the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (Mvac) report estimated that 2.8 million Malawians—about 20 percent of the country’s population—face…

House amends VAT bill to protect consumers

Members of Parliament (MPs) yesterday proposed and approved an amendment stipulating that consumers who fall prey to unscrupulous traders attempting to evade paying value added tax (VAT), should not be punished. Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe yesterday tabled the VAT Amendment Bill seeking to adjust penalties for businesses which fail to…

NGOs concerned about truant MPs, councillors

The National Initaitive for Civic Education (Nice) Trust has expressed concern over the tendency by some members of Parliament (MPs) and councillors to delegate cronies to represent them at development meetings. Nice Trust says this infringes upon people’s right to accountable leadership. Nice Trust district civic education officer for Chikwawa, Joseph Chamambala, observed that it…

Chakwera brands APM hypocrite

Leader of opposition in Parliament Lazarus Chakwera has described President Peter Mutharika as a hypocrite and that his government is trying to divert the attention of Malawians from real issues. Chakwera, addressing a news conference in Lilongwe on Monday where he reacted to the salary increments announced by Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe,…

APM’S salary goes up by 80%

Vice, ministers and MPs all get hefty rises Government has raised the salary of President Peter Mutharika, his Vice Saulos Chilima and his 20 Cabinet ministers as well MPs by hefty percentages, Weekend Nation can reveal. This is despite the President promising Malawians in August that he had no intention of reviewing his salary “anytime…

Budget debate starts Sept 10

Parliament is set to resume sitting next Wednesday when committees are expected to report back on their analysis of the K742.6 billion 2014/15 national budget before members of Parliament (MPs) begin debate. The arrangement follows the adoption of new Standing Orders which allow parliamentary committees to examine the budget allocations as proposed by Minister of…

Activist hails Malawi MPs for maturity

Civil rights activist, Rafiq Hajat who is executive director for Institute for Policy Interaction (IPI) has said the absence of floor crossing by party-sponsored parliamentarians in the just-ended Parliament session means the country’s democracy has matured. Speaking in an interview last week, Hajat said though there are several independent parliamentarians who have announced their allegiance to political parties, the behaviour…

Parliament adjourns

Malawi’s first meeting of the 45th parliamentary session adjourned today with members passing the $50 million (K1.2 billion) International Development Association (IDA) Bill. The $50million loan is also expected to support expansion of infrastructure and facilities at the public colleges, development and revision of curricula, staff development, but also procurement of teaching and learning materials.…

House rejects K20bn loan bill

Parliament yesterday rejected a $50 million (about K20 billion) Loan Authorisation Bill for government to borrow funds from the World Bank to finance increasing access to higher education at the University of Malawi (Unima) colleges, vocational education provider Teveta and Mzuzu University (Mzuni). The rejection took government by surprise after it received overwhelming support from…

Ex-Speaker gets life package

Immediate past National Assembly Speaker Henry Chimunthu Banda could get an unprecedented retirement package closer to that of ex-State vice-presidents thanks to a “Former Speaker” office that the Legislature has created. In separate interviews yesterday, Acting Clerk of Parliament Roosevelt Gondwe, Secretary for Human Resource Management and Development Sam Madula and Chimunthu Banda himself confirmed…